Sony Pictures, the movie studio of Sony Corp. (NYSE: SNE), stands to lose millions of dollars from the recent attack by the hacker group known as Guardians of Peace, which posted illegal copies of upcoming Sony movies on file-sharing hubs. Internet users have downloaded more than one million pirated copies of “Fury” and hundreds of thousands of illegal copies of “Annie.” Sony’s recent experience serves as a cybersecurity wake-up call for companies big and small, but it also spells opportunities for acquirers.

“It leaves an empty pit in your stomach,” says Ron Sansom of private equity firm the Riverside Co., regarding security breaches. “You don’t know what to do.”

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